Thursday, 31 January 2008
Wednesday, 30 January 2008
Where to begin? suppose the venues a start; Bowes Lyon House in Stevenage, and when? 1981 In the space of 2 months Manufactured Romance played a couple of great gigs there and then. Considering this tape is nearly 27 years old, the quality aint too bad, a bit ropey at the beginning but it improves, and is very listenable to, especially when the bands recorded output was minimal; one single, posted here ages ago and a couple of tracks on a compilation album and that was it. Imagine Penertration and X-Ray Spex. Listening to these gigs shows what a great band Manufactured Romance were, a real loss to the 80’s music scene after they disappeared. It also captures the atmosphere from what I remember at both gigs with noisy audiences and skinheads chanting “4th Reich”, the bands original and slightly dubious name. While converting the tape I was transported back there to a room full of punks and skinheads jumping about wildly to the sound of punky pop’n’roll. The only song titles I can tell you they played over both gigs are “Time Of My Life”, “You” and a cover of “Knock On Wood” Great stuff, both then and now. Experience both those nights in February and April 1981 for yourselves and have a read of the article/interview from local fanzine Snot Rag, that accompanies this post while your at it.
Tuesday, 29 January 2008
So Peter Hain has finally resigned over his financial improprieties, questions are being asked about Alan Johnson and a Conservative MP has had to apologies over paying his son a healthy lump of tax payers money not to do a days work, lets not forget that these couple of swindlers have only had to come clean because they were found out, scratch and sniff below the surface and the stench of corruption and bullshit is everywhere in the Houses Of Parliament, and with our leaders behaving like this what sort of an example are they setting to not just the person in the street, but more importantly to the business sector and employers. It is a culture of increased greed, exploitation and a total lack of transparency both financially and morally. Peter Hain and his ilk have led us into total bankruptcy, were the only value is what people can get for themselves at the expense of others and then when they’re caught they’ll do everything they can to pass the buck so as not to take any responsibility for their actions, unless they are forced to, in order to save face and not be seen as bigger wankers than they already are.
Monday, 28 January 2008
Yesterday was The Holocaust Memorial day, while world leaders remembered the 6 million Jews, another 500 Kenyans died in the continuing tribal holocaust. Just as world leaders sat back and watched the cattle trucks roll towards the gas chambers, they sit now and watch machetes tearing through flesh and people being burned alive in their own homes. Never again? No it’s always been the same! They had and have the power….they have a choice of how they use it. The oppressed in 1940’s Germany had no power and no choice, over 60 years later neither do a majority of Kenyans, just remember that!
Sunday, 27 January 2008
Indeed Oscar, and if that's The Soul Of Man Under Socialism then how come new labour who, are neither new or labour didn't slow down and control the progress of machinery, rather then let it take over our lives so it gets to the stage where WE ARE ALL SLAVES TO THE MACHINE. I'll tell you how come...it's 'cos the country gentleman is only able to sleep because Humanity is under the control of his machinery, and that's the Soul Of Man Under Socialism.
Friday, 25 January 2008
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Thursday, 24 January 2008
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Friday, 18 January 2008
In a bid to maintain popularity amongst the people, Gordon Brown has decided to opt out of receiving a large pension when he ceases to be Prime Minister. Good for you Gordon, but you’re still a c**t! In a damage limitation excersise and a bid to stop the binge drinking culture of death that people today are drowning in, the Government is looking at curbing the amount of cheap alcohol that supermarkets are selling. The words Horse, Shutting, Stable, Door, After and Bolted spring to mind, still better late than never I suppose, after all it’s only recently the government have linked alcohol abuse to the anti social behaviour of some young people. What a bunch of c***s! (the government that is) While I’m on the subject of the yoof, last night I watched a program on MTV (the only music television with no music on it) called Sweet Sixteen. MTV is marketed squarely at young people, and what they are broadcasting into their bedrooms needs to be seen to be believed. I felt cheap and dirty after watching the program. Yes I could have turned it off or smashed up my TV in disgust, but hey in order to offer any critical observation first you have to observe. The program was a docu-reality show about a ‘spoilt little rich kid‘and their birthday party. It focused on the planning of and the actual party, were they and their friends showed themselves to be the most obnoxious and self centred individuals to have been born, it reinforced values of conspicuous consumption, greed, celebrity culture and the cult of the individual. It was the stuff that the majority of young viewers could only dream of and that’s my point. Children should not be subjected to this shit, so they grow up thinking those sort of values are a good thing to have and wanting that sort of life style, when the reality is it aint gonna happen. It’s no wonder that many turn to drink and anti social behaviour when they realise that their reality aint like what it is on the telly. Perhaps the government should put a curb on what is broadcast for young people?
Thursday, 17 January 2008
Tuesday, 15 January 2008
Monday, 14 January 2008
Sunday, 13 January 2008
I’m getting a bit fed up with writing about ‘the state of our government’, so here’s a few random words/phrases for you guys to construct your own post with for today.
CONTEMPT/Bloody disgrace/LIARS/BASTARDS/Lying Bastards/DISHONEST/Northern Rock/TAXPAYERS/How Much Longer/DISGUST/Cash Donations/Olympic Games/Council Tax/HYPOCRITES/CORRUPT/Hang Them All/Nuclear Power/DESPISE/Pay Rises/NHS/Education System/ID Cards/DECIEPTFUL/The List Goes On/Sick and Tired Of….//
Saturday, 12 January 2008
What I know about SPEEDWAY could be written on a postage stamp, the web wasn't much help either, but hey this is a lost little gem. Released on Fantasy Ashtray Records around 1994/95, it sounds like an amphetamine fuelled Only Ones. The lead track Pedigree Scum is a blistering attack on a class ridden society "Rich kids in the house of lords/you're so inbred you look deformed" the other 2 tracks Imitation Of Life and 26 Years are top grade shit as well. For all lovers of 90's Punk Rawk, file under early Manics, S*M*A*S*H and Fabulous. Highly recommended, you all know what to do.....CLICK!
Friday, 11 January 2008
Wednesday, 9 January 2008
Monday, 7 January 2008
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Tuesday, 1 January 2008
Still it’s the year that the world says bye, bye to Bush as leader of the worlds global superpower. It wont be long before the US will be pushed into second place by China, lets see how they like that.
Another Year older/Another year bolder.
If you are going to do something this year. DO SOMETHING!
World leaders will resolve to resolve nothing.